1. Nominator: Mohit Aron, CEO of Cohesity
"Just like the smartphone which, when it came out, didn't have anything to compete with it - because no one did quite what the smartphone did - we're displacing the legacy incumbents.
"Similarly, we've come out with a hyperconverged platform, but we start off with displacing backups. So while we don't have direct competitors, I respect Veeam; it's a great SMB product.
"I think they've done a really great job in the SMB space. And it's hard to build a big business in the SMB space and they've done it...They made their product really simple and downloadable from the web and did the right kind of marketing…We see them sometimes as they're trying to go into the enterprise space, but I respect what they've done in the SMB space."
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